June 2020 Newsletter from the Digital Moose Lounge

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


We are listening. As Canadians, we recognize that racism is pervasive and borderless, eroding the ideals that we proudly champion as Canadian values – diversity, equality and inclusiveness. At the DML, we stand in solidarity and unity with the Black community over senseless violence and excessive police force, and we honour the memories and mourn the countless lives lost.

As a volunteer-run organization for the past 20 years, we have always made it our mission to connect the Canadian community in the Bay Area and, in recent years, to promote social impact. Our twelve-person DML Board and Executive are engaged in a compassionate conversation about how we can help individually, and collectively – to help begin those difficult conversations with open and honest discussions as a community. We are open to ideas our DML community may have and encourage you to reach out to us by email.

We are moving forward with our plans for celebrating Canada Day with you. We hope that you will find comfort in this shared Canadian community – a community that is always growing. We have room. We have heart. Again, we are listening.

Co-chairmoose team
Griselda Zhou & Erika Wah

In this issue:

moose Moose Event: Panel on Financial Planning, June 10th

🥌 Canada Day in the Bay Update #1

😷 Covid-19 Updates and Resources

✈️ Travel Update

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 Moose News and Events

Chesterfield Chat: Personal Finances and
Cross-Border Considerations for Canadians

Wednesday, June 10th, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join our webinar and expert panel as we explore what it means financially for Canadians, living and working in the Bay Area during Covid-19.

More Information >>

Thanks, RBC USA, for supporting DML events in 2020.

A week of wonderful!
Wednesday, June 24 to Wednesday July 1, 2020

It should come as no surprise that the DML will pivot our annual Canada Day celebration to an online experience. We have been a trailblazer organizer of Canada Day gatherings for the last two decades but this time we must honour the safety of our members and the community.

We are excited to go virtual. It’s been a tough year for small businesses everywhere. We are throwing our support towards local Canadian-affiliated small businesses. They are disproportionately affected by the economic impact from the Covid-19. Find out how the DML will shine a spotlight on and drive traffic to these businesses through our calendar of online events leading up to Canada Day.

You can read more about Canada Week – for Canadians by Canadians – on our most recent blog post.

As of today, you can sign-up for our first event (scroll a little further for details), a DML exclusive wine tasting! Then, every Thursday we’ll share an email update, announcing events and sign-ups. You can also sign up for events as they are announced on Facebook and Twitter.

Special thanks to RBC USA and the Canadian Consulate
for their financial support of Canada Week 2020!

#CanadaDayintheBay
#ShopSmallBayArea
#CanadaDayUSA
#CanadaDay2020
#LoveFromCanada
#VirtualCanadaDay 

How about wine tasting from your chesterfield
Wednesday, June 24th 

Kascadia Wine Merchants and the Digital Moose Lounge have collaboratively curated an opulent Canada Day wine tasting experience with award–winning Meyer Family Vineyards. Join winemaker Chris Carson for this exclusive DML event on small case lots of varietals best suited and expressive of their unique place of origin with an emphasis on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

This is what’s included in your Meyer Family Wine Experience:

– Live virtual wine tasting with world renowned producer, Meyer Family Vineyards.
– Two flagship varietals including bottles of pinot noir and chardonnay.

Cost: DML members receive a special price of $50 plus taxes and shipping (calculated at checkout).

Event date: Wednesday, June 24 at 4:30 to 5:30pm PST

Pre-order here before Thursday, June 18. This will be a popular event with limited availability so don’t miss out!

This is a Zoom event and details will be emailed to you from Digital Moose Lounge a few days beforehand.

Do you know a business owned/run BY A CANADIAN and/or FOR CANADIANS? Send us a tip!

Covid-19 updates & resources

Click here: CBC’s list of Canadian music livestreams during Covid-19
Pandemic Diplomacy:
Reflections from Canada’s Consuls General 

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to adapt to new norms in the workplace, but it is in times of adversity that we learn to forge new paths. Canada’s Consuls General in San Francisco, Atlanta, and New York have recently offered their perspectives on how things have changed.

Rana Sarkar, Consul General of Canada in San Francisco: Technology in the Time of COVID

Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta: Postcard from Canada in Atlanta

Khawar Nasim, Acting Consul General of Canada in New York: Reflections on the New Abnormal

Quick guide to US Work Visas and Covid-19

Last month, over 100 folks joined our first virtual Chesterfield Chat on Immigration questions for Canadians in the US during the pandemic.

Special thanks to all our panelists. We had hoped to share a recorded version of the webinar, but instead one of our panelists, Ting Ni from immipartner was able to summarize some key points – mostly still relevant.

Please feel free to download this PDF prepared by immipartner for the DML.

Travel updates

Have you heard about the new ArriveCAN app?

While we await news on the next travel advisory/announcement from the Canadian government, no matter when we are planning to cross the border, this new app is part of the process already.

As for Air Canada, despite the extended US-CA border closure through June 21, they have now resumed Transborder Service between Toronto and Vancouver and six US cities, including San Francisco.

Check out the Air Canada CleanCare+ video to see what is involved in offering passengers a greater peace of mind during all stages of travel.

Keep your antlers to the ground with all the latest news, updates and fun!

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